Gasket Maintenance: Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Gaskets

Keeping your gaskets in tip-top condition is essential to prevent leaks and maintain a smooth operation. 

Today, Pure Transfer will guide you through all of the best tips to prolong the lifespan of your gaskets and help you save on costly repairs and downtime.

From frequent inspections to correct installation practices, join us as we walk through ways to keep your machinery working efficiently and reliably. 

Say goodbye to ghastly leaks and hello to pure transfer systems (see what we did there).

1. Regular Inspections

To ensure that no damage is left unnoticed for too long, perform routine inspections of your gaskets. Look out for obvious signs of wear, including cuts, cracks, or deformations of your equipment. 

Check the integrity of your gasket by gently pressing against the material. Brittleness can indicate material fatigue, requiring a replacement. 

Loss of compression can cause leaks, so use a gauge to ensure the gasket is maintaining adequate compression.

2. Proper Installation

Improper installation can lead to an array of diverse issues, affecting safety and performance. 

When installing your gasket, ensure the surface is clean of any debris, old gasket material, or oil beforehand. 

Prevent misalignment or over-tightening of the torques by following the specifications of the manufacturer’s guidelines. Follow the recommended torque sequence (usually a criss-cross pattern) and use a calibrated torque wrench for even pressure when tightening any bolts.

3. Cleaning and Handling

Gaskets must be cleaned and handled efficiently to maintain their performance and integrity. 

To keep your gaskets looking as fresh as a daisy, gently scrub them with mild soap and water. Avoid hash chemicals, as they can cause the material to degrade.

Store any spare gaskets in a cool, dry place, and avoid cross-contamination or degradation by separating different types of gaskets.

4. Material Selection

Choosing the right gasket for your specific application is paramount to avoiding complications and ensuring effectiveness. 

Ensure the gasket you install is resistant to the surrounding materials, as incompatible materials can degrade, leading to leaks.

Choose a material that can withstand the temperature of your application and the pressure levels in the system. Materials with higher tensile strength are better suited to high-pressure environments, such as graphite. 

5. Lubrication

Efficient lubrication is vital to enhancing the longevity and performance of your gasket. This reduces friction between the gasket and mating surfaces, preventing damage during installation.

Select a lubricant that is compatible with your gasket material and the surrounding environment. 

When applying the lubricant, ensure it’s applied evenly and thinly to prevent contamination or slipping. This will also prevent adhesion, making it easier for future replacements.

6. Replacement Schedule

Unfortunately, gaskets don’t last forever, as much as we want them to. 

To prevent unexpected failures, follow the replacement guidelines as proposed by the manufacturer. Harsh environments may require more frequent replacements due to a higher risk of damage.

Keep an inspection log and note down any consistent wear patterns to anticipate when gaskets are likely to fail.

Maintain an adequate supply of replacement gaskets to avoid delays during maintenance. Keep track of inventory levels and reorder before they run low.

Invest in Gaskets you can Rely on With Pure Transfer

At Pure Transfer, we’re committed to making your life easier and our gaskets tougher. 

That is why we provide a range of high-quality gaskets designed for various types of applications and industries. Browse our high-purity range today for your installation.

Find out why our customers have stuck with us for so long, and you never know; you might become stuck with us too.